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Open Educational Resources and Practices in China: A Systematic Literature Review , Ahmed Tlili, Ronghuai Huang, Ting-Wen Chang, Fabio Nascimbeni, Daniel Burgos, Sustainability, Sept 27, 2020
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This article is based on a formal literature review and so may be missing some useful primary sources, but any information we can get on OER in China is worth a look. "The findings show that several governmental, organizational, and institutional initiatives have been launched to facilitate OER adoption in China," including the Chinese Quality Course (CQC), the  the National Cultural Information Resources Sharing Project (NCIRSP), and the the Science Data Sharing Project (SDSP). ... [Direct Link]


The UnMOOCing Process: Extending the Impact ofMOOC Educational Resources as OERs, José A. Ruipérez-Valiente, Sergio Martin, Justin Reich, Manuel Castro, Sustainability, Sept 27, 2020
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This post presents "a process that we call ‘unMOOCing’, in which we transform the resources of a MOOC into OERs." Now of course MOOCs should all be open educational resources (OER) in the first place (it's in the name!) but of course certain private MOOC companies have (as they say) 'pivoted' to closed open resources. "Through the unMOOCing process, course developers can find new audiences for their learning resources. Republishing content in new formats ... [Direct Link]


How philanthropy benefits the super-rich, Paul Vallely, The Guardian, Sept 08, 2020
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Over the years I've seen a lot of influence from foundations in the areas of pedagogy, policy, and open educational resources. Most of it, including especially money for international development, seems to flow toward the expert fundraisers at institutions like Harvard, Stanford and MIT. And instead of promoting access and inclusion, it supports models where free and open public resources, like MOOCs and OERs, become 'sustainable' private commercial goods. As this Guardian article ... [Direct Link]


Measurement of the MOOC Phenomenon by Pre-Service Teachers: A Descriptive Case Study , José Gómez-Galán, Cristina Lázaro-Pérez, José Ángel Martínez-López, Eloy López-Meneses, Education Sciences, Aug 20, 2020
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"There have been multiple studies and research on MOOC courses," write the authors, but "we consider that there is one of them that should be further explored due to its great interest. By this, we mean understanding better how their main users value them: students." This is because despite the shortcomings found by experts (which have been numerous), MOOCs are enduringly popular nonetheless. This is a small study (16 page PDF), but the composition - pre-service teachers - ... [Direct Link]


By the Numbers: MOOCs During the Pandemic, Dahwal Shah, Class Central, Aug 17, 2020
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We all know MOOCs have become much more popular during the pandemic; this is the data to support the assertion. "The top three MOOC providers (Coursera, edX, and FutureLearn) registered as many new users in April as in the whole of 2019. Over the years, the providers have become better at monetization, but in terms of new registered users they had hit a growth wall, adding a similar number of users in both 2019 and 2018. The pandemic broke through that wall. Around 25-30% of their total ... [Direct Link]


LXPs are possibly the Dungeons & Dragons of the Learning World, Shreyas Korad, Upside Learning, Aug 14, 2020
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A lot of my early thinking about online learning was based on my experience with online role-playing games (RPG) such as MUDs - Multi-User Dungeons - which were open-ended online multi-user gaming environments (here's me doing a presentation in one at Diversity University in 1995; here's a CADE conference we ran in our own MUD in 1996). They contrasted well with the linear content-heavy media of email list servers and Usenet discussion boards. Learning Management Systems, however... [Direct Link]


What do we mean by ‘open’?, Gráinne Hamilton, Medium, We Are Open Co-op, Aug 11, 2020
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I think this account of 'open' is far better than one that rests on the 5Rs. This account of open actually strives toward openness rather than simply granting rights to those lucky enough to be in possession of a resource. Here are the principles, as defined by opensource.com: transparency, inclusivity, adaptability, collaboration, community. This article is focused on providing examples of governments and institutions being open. The governments include Sweden and the U.K., British ... [Direct Link]


OpenAI technology, just an HTTPS call away, OpenAI, Jul 28, 2020
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There are numerous educational examples of GPT-3 on the OpenAI API page. This is a beta of a service that will allow applications to send requests via API to the service and use their AI to perform tasks such as "semantic search, summarization, sentiment analysis, content generation, translation, and more." I've signed up for a beta account and if accepted will use the service to support MOOCs on gRSShopper and trying to auto-generate AI-authored open educational resources (OER). ... [Direct Link]


The Role of MOOCs in Humanitarian Affairs, Draego Zubiri, FutureLearn, Jul 10, 2020
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The answer is: they help, but aren't enough by themselves. They are "not always sufficient in providing the holistic support needed by these vulnerable populations. Learners may need additional face to face support and require additional scaffolding through their learner journey in order for such provision to be effective. [Direct Link]


2.5x Global MOOC Web Traffic, Holon IQ, Jul 08, 2020
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Just for the record, "MOOC's attracted almost 500 million visits from learners around the world in the last 30 days." The short article continues, "MOOCs were never dead. This is not a come-back. Gradually, and accelerated by the circumstances of COVID-19, the current and potential role of MOOCs in the post-secondary landscape is becoming more widely understood. [Direct Link]


There is no content., nick shackleton-jones, aconventional, Jun 26, 2020
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This is a lesson we learned back in the days when we werte first offering MOOCs, and it has (to my estimation) taken quite a while for the wider community to catch up. As Nick Shackleton-Jones writes, "There really are only two things you can do: you can present a challenge (which will drive learning), or you can provide resources that people can pull on when they are challenged. A resource can be a map, a person, Google, a checklist, a video, a guide…" Exactly. "You ... [Direct Link]


Remote education and the quarantine: My view, Antonio Vantaggiato, Skate of the Web, Jun 21, 2020
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I'm not sure exactly what Antonio Vantaggiato is saying here, but two messages seem to come through: first, the pivot to online wasn't awful for everybody; and second, his own "immodest best practices: All interaction and course work orbit around the Web hub (for instance, the New Media course, inf115.com). It is a syndicated hub where students’ contributions get aggregated from their own blogs. emphasis on word 'own': meaning, the blogs and posts therein are theirs... [Direct Link]


Scaling up behavioral science interventions in online education, René F. Kizilcec, Justin Reich, Michael Yeomans, et.al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jun 21, 2020
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As Jonathan Kantrowitz summarizes, "Researchers tracked 250,000 students from nearly every country in 250 massive open online courses (MOOCs) over 2 1/2 years in the study." What they found was that interventions that appeared to work in the short term were much less effective in the long term. The researchers also "found minimal evidence that state-of-the-art machine learning methods can forecast the occurrence of a global gap or learn effective individualized intervention ... [Direct Link]


Lumen Learning Intros Professional Development Program for Faculty, Rhea Kelly, Campus Technology, Jun 18, 2020
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The offering "Lumen Circles combines an online learning platform with 'facilitated fellowships' that connect faculty with peers to form a virtual community of practice." It's the sort of thing that might be useful - basically a peer-to-peer learning experience. A lot like one of our cMOOCs. "It's not enough simply to adopt a new textbook or learning tool," commented David Wiley, co-founder and chief academic officer of Lumen Learning. "They need more ... [Direct Link]


A month long conference is a neat concept, Matt Webb, Interconnected, May 26, 2020
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Yes, a month long conference is a neat concept. And yes, it's about rethinking the underlying purpose of conferences, as Web Directions co-founder John Allsopp writes. "There’s also a second 'Job' we uncovered–helping develop people’s sense of connection and belonging to a professional community." But a month long conference is also a MOOC - at least, the way we did MOOCs. And these things will all begin to blend - courses, conferences, online learning ... [Direct Link]


Radical Solutions and Open Science, Daniel Burgos, Springer, May 19, 2020
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A better title for this book would perhaps have been 'Open Education and Open Science', and in fact, it mostly focuses on the education part. No matter: the subject of this open access book (199 page PDF) matches almost perfectly my own range of interests. Topics covered include open access, open science, ethics in analytics, OERs, open pedagogy, MOOCs, and related issues. The papers don't break a lot of new ground and it's a quick read, but the coverage is good and this would ... [Direct Link]


Between Social Justice and Decolonisation: Exploring South African MOOC Designers’ Conceptualisations and Approaches to Addressing Injustices, Taskeen Adam, Journal of Interactive Media in Education, May 13, 2020
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This paper takes as its starting point one interviewee’s comment that "you could decolonise and still have an enormous amount of injustice." As a result, the author looks at what different educators mean by 'justice' as they seek to address these injustices in and through their MOOCs. The MOOC designers interviewed and cited in this paper offer some challenging opinions. For example: "a distinction needs to be made between a course that theoretically explores ... [Direct Link]


The Online Interface and Social Inclusion: A MOOC Study in Turkey, Serpil Meri-Yilan, Journal of Interactive Media in Education, May 13, 2020
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MOOCs "can play a role in enhancing social inclusion for the more marginalised students," writes the author, "so long as the platforms are designed in such a way as to foster this inclusion." This paper  reports on a language-learning course in Turkey and examines the factors that influence inclusion. "Social inclusion is not just about having 'access' to, for instance, open educational environments like MOOCs, but how those environments cater to the ... [Direct Link]


Care Is Not a Fad: Care Beyond COVID-19, Maha Bali, Reflecting Allowed, Apr 16, 2020
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I want to respond to Maha Bali's title by saying "yes it is." I've been watching the concept of care over the years move through the disciplines. I remember Jenny Mackness raising the concept in the context of our MOOCs five years ago, I remember it coming up at a public affairs conference I attended in 2017, I even presented on it last year in Brazil. But it's a fad only in the sense that everything is a fad - utilitarianism came in and out of fashion, so did pragmatism... [Direct Link]


To weather a crisis, build a network of teams, Andrea Alexander, Aaron De Smet, Sarah Kleinman, Marino Mugayar-Baldocchi, McKinsey, Apr 10, 2020
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I've stated several times this week that we can't address the need for online learning by creating a bunch of high-volume courses. But what to do instead? We've addressed that over the years in this newsletter, but here is much the same message from McKinsey: create a network of teams. This is how we set up our connectivist MOOCs, and this is how learning online works in less formal communities outside academia. I wouldn't expect people to learn this all at once, but I would ... [Direct Link]

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